WC Police make strides in clamping down of illegal firearms

Bishop Lavis, Mitchells Plain, Bonteheuwel and Nyanga are among the targeted communities.

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CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police have confiscated at least eight illegal firearms in several communities since the start of this week.

Bishop Lavis, Mitchells Plain, Bonteheuwel and Nyanga are among these areas.

In the latest incident, in Bishop Lavis yesterday, three alleged gang members, including a 15-year-old boy, were arrested.

Police confiscated a firearm and ammunition.

Earlier this week, in Mitchells Plain, a 60-year-old woman was taken into custody for the possession of three unlicensed guns; two of them have been reported stolen.

Gun Free South Africa's Adele Kirsten has commended police for their work.

"It's a really encouraging sign and it's good news; we are seeing this kind of recovery in other provinces - just last week, in KwaZulu-Natal as well as Gauteng. This is perhaps the single most important action on the side of police, is good police intelligence for the recovery of illegal weapons."